Girls state wrestling tourney starts Friday

AGWSR's Ali Gerbracht has her arm raised as a state champion at last year's IWCOA Iowa Girls State Wrestling Tournament at Waverly-Shell Rock High School. Gerbracht will go for a repeat at 106 pounds this weekend. (File photo)
Jake Ryder

The Iowa Wrestling Officials Coaches Association will hold the second Iowa High School Girls State Wrestling Tournament at Waverly-Shell Rock High School in Waverly, Iowa on Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25.

The tournament has expanded to two days, starting with preliminary action on Friday at 5 p.m. — once every bracket has reached the quarterfinals, action will resume at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, with an 11:30 a.m. expected start time for the finals.
This year’s tournament features 376 wrestlers, compared to just 87 wrestlers last season. The wrestlers will compete at one of 11 weights – 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 170, 195, and 285.
Three area athletes are competing in the state tourney this year: AGWSR’s Ali Gerbracht and Trinity Rotgers and Aplington-Parkersburg/Grundy Center’s Grace Coates.
Admission: $8 for a one-day pass, $10 for a two-day pass. Doors open at 4 p.m. on Friday, 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Livestream: is offering streaming of the girls tournament through The cost is $15 to view the stream. Learn more at
Preliminary bracket information
(information is subject to change due to scratches or missed weigh-ins)
106: AGWSR’s Ali Gerbracht (4-0 against girls) is the returning state champion and the top seed in the 106 bracket. Gerbracht received a first-round bye and will face either Isabella Bogdonovich (MFL MarMac, 3-4) or Kylie Hessenius (LeMars, 2-2) in the second round. Bettendorf’s Ella Schmit (3-0), who was the 106 runner-up last season, is the second seed on the bottom-half of the bracket.
138: AGWSR’s Trinity Rotgers (10-1) received a first-round bye. She’ll face either Crestwood’s Morgan Moser (2-5) or Ankeny Centennial’s Marissa Jones (0-3)  in the second round. Rotgers was ranked third at 145 pounds by
145: A-P/GC’s Grace Coates (5-4) will wrestle Algona’s Bethany Carlson (0-8) in the first round. The winner faces second-seeded Lakin Lienhard (7-1) of Crestwood in the second round. Coates is ranked eighth at 145 pounds by


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